Malaysia today expressed keen interest in investing in Rajasthan, especially in tourism and infrastructure sectors.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, who arrived in the pink city as part of his six-day visit to the country, held talks with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and senior officials to discuss investment opportunities for Malaysian companies.
Najib noted that the state has emerged as an investment- friendly destination. He said Malaysian investors are interested in several sectors including tourism, one of the prominent industries in Rajasthan, and infrastructure development in which the Malaysian companies have expertise.
Raje invited Malaysian companies to invest in infrastructure development, tourism, water management, urban development, transport, health care and other sectors.
Both the leaders explored possibilities of direct air connectivity between Malaysia and Rajasthan, developing the state capital Jaipur as medical tourism hub, strengthening of healthcare infrastructure and building affordable housing.
Additional Chief Secretaries of Public Works, Urban Development and Tourism departments of Rajasthan gave presentations in the meeting.
Transport minister Yunus Khan, Urban Development and Housing minister Srichand Kriplani, Industry Minister Rajpal Singh, Tourism minister Krishnedra Kaur, senior officials of the state government, Indian High Commissioner in Malaysia T S Tirumurti, High Commissioner of Malaysia to India Hidayat Abdul Hamid were also present in the meeting.
Earlier in the day, the Malaysian PM, his wife Rosmah Mansor and other delegates were given a traditional welcome at the airport here.
They were greeted by state ministers and Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoti.
Kalbelia dancers and other artistes enthralled the guests with their performance.